Be safe online

How to protect your personal information online.

When it comes to online safety, we’re our own worst enemies. While we are aware of the dangers of online hackers, most of us are still complacent when it comes to protecting our personal details.

Hackers are becoming more skilled, making us further at risk than ever before. They are now adapting their scams to target social media and financial accounts.

Recent studies have revealed that despite the known importance of password security, one in four Australians are likely to share their passwords. Millennials, who are some of the biggest users of connected products, are some of the most complacent users when it comes to password security.

Ways to protect yourself online

Protect your password.

Protect your accounts with strong and unique passwords that use a combination of at least 10 upper and lowercase letters symbols and numbers to help keep hackers at bay.

Regularly change your password.

Remember to change the default password when installing a new network-connected device, such as a router or smart thermostat. If you don’t plan on using the Internet features, such as with smart appliances, disable or protect remote access when not needed.

Protect your wireless connections with strong Wi-Fi encryption.

This will prevent people from viewing the data travelling between your devices.

Invest in security software.

This will help protect you against the latest threats and will protect your devices with a multi-platform solution.

Avoid accessing personal information on a public network.

When using a public network steer clear of doing anything that involves sharing your personal information, such as paying a bill, or doing anything that involves credit card details or even logging onto social media.

By simply being aware and trying to be cautious when using the internet, you could make a world of difference to your online safety.